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Christian Moerlein Emancipator Doppelbock | Christian Moerlein Brewing Company

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Christian Moerlein Emancipator DoppelbockChristian Moerlein Emancipator Doppelbock
BA SCORE
3.8/5
Very Good
165 Ratings
Christian Moerlein Emancipator DoppelbockChristian Moerlein Emancipator Doppelbock
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
Ohio, United States
christianmoerlein.com

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 02-01-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#17,105
Reviews:
75
Ratings:
165
pDev:
12.37%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of armock
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle received as a gift from someone

A - Poured a mahogany color with a tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Has a sweet caramel malt and dark fruit nose

T - Follows the nose with with sweet caramel malt with some dark fruit in the background

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

O - I enjoyed this beer overall its well made and easy to drink with a good flavor profile worth getting sometime to try

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

another nice extra that i recieved lately. i really always appreciate these new beers. poured into a pint glass and enjoyed by myself tonight.

Poured a deep dark russet brown with a small, maybe an inch or so of off white head grazing over the top of it. There was significant side glass lace throughout the session and the overall look of it was quite thick. The aroma was of slight smoked variety. A little bit of roasted malt with a touch of caramel to sweeten in up. The taste was remarkably smooth and delicious. Great full body on this one, definitely not thin. Nice and mellow smoky flavor with a huge earthy and bread like back. A nice caramel sugar sweet finish brought it all together. No taste of alcohol at all and overall it was a very easy drinker. I could have easily had another. The carbonation stayed very nice throughout the session

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Photo of Brenden
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is lighter than the big boys, clear and just into a good amber/red ale territory. The head fails to do much of anything, even when I pour harder upon seeing that nothing's forming. It manages about average appearance in size, retention and lacing left behind.
A strong malt offers breads, caramel and dark fruits with a twang of hops and an underlying barley-like grains note. There's not much missing in the aroma.
The flavor brings forward the malt backbone and subsequent caramel, bread and dark fruits while a note of tobacco also pulls through. Sweetness is moderate and pleasant, creamier than it is fruity as though supported just as much by the caramel note as the fruits and supported by a chocolate note that's not dark or bittersweet, but very much a mild chocolate (but not too sugary) sweetness. While malt-forward, hops offer very little here and even the malts miss the mark of the better examples of the style.
The mouthfeel is where the big doppelbocks really dominate this one. I like it because it's rich, downright lush, filling the mouth with creamy smoothness, but it's a notch below doppelbock thickness or body. For an amber, brown, IPA, etc., this is a great mouthfeel; but it seems lacking for a doppelbock.
no doubt, this is a tasty beer. It's shy of the greats, but certainly one to try.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber brown in color with not much of a head.

S: Sweet and malty and not a whole lot else.

T: Syrupy sweet with caramel, brown sugar, malt and rye bread. There's a little warmness as the beer goes down that leaves a nice sensation, but overall, not a fantastic doppelbock. A little too syrupy for me.

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Photo of brew3crew
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Deep amber in color with a white head that quickly dissipates.
S-sweet malt but very hard to smell anything else
T-alot like it smells. really sweet malt that finishes smooth
M-crisp and smooth
D-goes down really smooth with no notice of abv...

great product from my home town of cincinnati!

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Photo of Ryan011235
2.09/5  rDev -45%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Re-review:

Poured into a snifter on 2/17/12

Medium brown settles up as almost murky with rust and copper highlights. A thin layer of bubbles moves to thin ring retention. No lace.

The aroma is bready with tangy grain and a toasted notion. Syrupy ghost note. Perhaps some dark fruit overtones. Dusty yeast and some near burnt sugars as it warms.

Flavor-wise, this leans much further into fruit territory, dark and tangy. Moderate bread middle leads to a curt, dry finish. Eh, I want to say it's borderline tart. Room temperature finds more bread.

The feel is a thin, timid light-medium sort of thing. Carbonation is fizzy but stops short of over-agitating.

Overall, this is underwhelming. While there are some ok aspects, it is too tangy and fruity. It wants for most of what I seek in a dopplebock.

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Original review:

Poured into a pint glass on 8/26/10

The color is a blend of deep caramel & copper with a rusty bent. Poured over a finger of light brown foam. Said foam dissipates quickly to a skim. Minimal retention with no lacing. (3.0)

A solid malt base is intertwined with vibrant floral notes & hints of grassiness. Caramel, toasted bread & a spot of brown sugar are notable. The aroma also has a grainy edge. Intermittent medicinal wisps. (3.5)

A plethora of toasted sugars greet the tongue - caramel, brown sugar & toffee. Faint hints of raisins. Not particularly sweet, nor bitter; it's well-balanced in that respect. Subtle earth tones. The medicinal notion remains, though it isn't persistent. (4.0)

With a gritty, grainy feel & a general robustness, Emancipator is fairly full bodied. Carbonation is very low & makes for a languid beer which I enjoy, as I'm fond of a notable grittiness. Finishes with toasted sugar residuals lingering for a few moments. (4.5)

All told, Emancipator isn't bad; I actually find it fairly enjoyable. It just seems rough around the edges. I don't know the abv, but there isn't any alcohol heat. (4.0)

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.42/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

"Emancipation from the bondage of the soil is no freedom for the tree."

--Rabindranath Tagore

Dark nut brown was expected and dark pumpkin orange was delivered. The head barely reached one finger after a standard pour, which might mean less than ideal carbonation. Beer is seen from a bird's eye view in several minutes and no lace makes it to the glass.

The aroma is underpowered to say the least. To say the most, it's earthy and minimally medium-dark malty. It will take a major comeback for this CMBC brew to impress on the palate. Note: increased intensity with warming allows the score to be bumped.

Emancipator Doppelbock starts off behind the eightball because of its relatively low ABV for the style. That usually means a shortage of malt in what should be a malt-dominant style... and such is the case here. The flavor is okay, it just doesn't have much power.

Flavors include heartily toasted brown bread, carob, earthy tobacco leaves, bitter tea leaves and a small splash of cold coffee. Much more bitterness than is usual for the style probably has more to do with a lack of malt sugars than an abundance of hops. All that said, this really isn't bad beer in the end.

The mouthfeel is much too thin for the style. Taking ABV into account, however, it does deserve an average score. The bubbles are lightly fizzy on the tongue in the top half of the bottle, and are better buried in the bottom half.

Christian Moerlein Emancipator Doppelbock has nothing to do with trees or with Abraham Lincoln. It was brewed to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the repeal of prohibition. Although it's from great beer, that's something we can all raise a glass to.

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Photo of rcwhiteky
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Dark amber with a nice reddish hue head.

S-a sweet blast of malt malt and more malt.

T- Candy apple? carmel with some fruity flavors hidden underneth.
M- Thought this was thick and smooth.

D-Very Smooth

I liked This a lot was very sweet and refreshing would be nice on a fall night during an outside activity.

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Photo of uwharrieguy
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

another botmc tasteing

poured semi dark like a glass of coke when the ice starts to melt

the smell is a musty sweet

medium mouth fill with the toffe sweet taste

this what i consider a winter warmer,a stand alone sipper,would be a little heavy with a meal

this is a good double bock...but since i've had it...i would try a different brewers to compare.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from Marchi's Carry-out in Gallipolis, OH.

Pours into the pint glass with a translucent, rustic amber body. A fleeting cap of tan foam quickly recedes, but is retained as a ring of bubbles thanks to a lively carbonation level. The nose has a soft, muted nuttiness with sweet toffee malts. A light balance of floral German hops becomes apparent, as do some ripe fig, plum, and red grape notes.

The flavor brings caramel & toffee with some bread dough and cracker maltiness. A healthy dose of bittering hops balances the sweetness well. Mouthfeel is crisp, yet creamy with a vigorous carbonation level that thankfully doesn't wear at the palate. All in all, Emancipator is a solid American-brewed doppel. Goes down easily, packs just the right amount of flavor, and I'm headed back to the fridge for another one right now.

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Photo of MarvinSnyder
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

5-21-10 - poured into a personalized pilsner glass - 12Fl.oz. (355ml) capped bottle

Appearance: Pours a chocolate brown When held up to the light, it has an amber tint. This beer has a creamy tan head that gradually disperses leaving a thin, slender head.

Smell: Aroma of sweet caramel malt, bread, honey, and a suggestion of dark rum.

Taste: Dark, roasted malts, sweet chocolate, and dark fruits (especially plums and figs) cross the palate. It finishes with a modest hint of herbal hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Nice, moderate carbonation and a crisp, slightly dry finish. However, this beer fails to really impress me as it flows over the palate.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. This beer has potential and goes down quick! The herbal hops help balance against the sweet, malt character.

Comments: A beer of the month selection. Overall, a good example of a doppelbock, it has renewed my interest in the style.

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Photo of jhoban19
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a mug.

A: deep reddish-brown, very clear. Vigorous pour yields half a mug of airy foam that settles slowly. Poured the rest of the bottle slowly so as not to create a spillover. Spots of lacing retreat quickly back into the liquid.

S: All sweet caramel malt, with a bit of toffee and that crisp lager aroma when agitated. Almost reminds me a little of a Bit-O-Honey candy. Also detecting a subtle hint of herbal hops.

T: Taste follows suit with the aroma and is dominated by caramel and toffee malt. Some fruity esters are definitely present, more so than in the aroma, but no particular fruit (other than "dark" fruit) flavor stands out to me. As it warms, notes of cocoa start to become evident.

M: Medium body, smooth and mouth-coating with a long, crisp finish.

D: Emancipator is a very drinkable brew. Dominated by sweet malts but never cloying. Balanced just enough by some of the dark fruit notes and subtle herbal hops. At the risk of sounding too cliché, I wish I had some wienerschnitzel with spaetzle to go along with the beer. A biergarten would be nice, too.

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Photo of delahani
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a deep amber, almost burnt red color with a very thin head that fizzles out immediately. Initially there's a good amount of carbonation, but shortly after it dies down and leaves this looking like juice.
Aroma: I haven't had many bocks/doppelbocks, but it seems that they've always had a very prominent smell. This is no different; I can smell this beer from a couple feet away. Up close, it's surprisingly fruity. Strawberry, plum, and maybe a bit of orange. There's also a fair amount of maltiness on the nose.
Taste: First thing I realize is the cherry I missed on the nose. There's a nice taste of alcohol as it goes down, but the taste is nowhere near as nice, or present, as the smell. Weak cough syrup comes to mind, although I have to say that I usually hate any sort of cherry taste in a beer and this isn't bad.
Mouthfeel: Maybe it's the sweetness, but the few doppelbocks I've had remind me of drinking a soda--this one is similar. Not quite as much carbonation or fizziness, but the same sort of tongue-saturating feeling as a nice sugary soda.
Overall: Admittedly I'm not a huge fan of the style and wouldn't have bought this if it hadn't come in a beer of the month pack. I could see it being nice sitting by a wood fire or in the winter, but the sweetness is a bit much for me.

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Photo of Lazerlobe
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear brown with minimal head. The smell is pretty indistict, some sweetness and a little wheat. Mmmm, tastes much better, big sweet caramel and some banana, charged with bubbles. This one is going down real easy and I could easily down another.

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Photo of dtivp
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer of the Month Selection

Poured a dark ruby brown with a very thin head that lasted seconds with no lacing.

Aroma of dark fruits with some sweet malt, caramel.

Taste of figs and dates some sweet malts with a hint of spice.

Body was on the light side with little carbonation. Finishes sweet and the flavors come out a little more as it warms up to room temperature.

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Photo of RickS95
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark ruby-brown with little to no head.

A flowery, malty smell; no scent really stands out.

Toffee is the dominant taste.

The feel is complex. It starts off with a gentle bite from the hops but it's followed by a smoothing of the sweet toffee to give balance.

This goes down pretty easily due to the sweetness in the finish. Looking forward to another.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A good looking selection from a recent BOTMC delivery, let's give it a whirl. Popping' the top the brew yields a cinnamon raison bagel smell. Pours to deep reddish brown with a short tan head. Taste is a nice roasted malt but with sweet molasses like notes a little bitter more than that expected for a doppel. Mouthfeel is silkly smooth excepting some fizziness perhaps too much from the carbonation. It really varies from the style, not the roasted malts but the slight bitterness, but I like this twist of roasted malts and a little hop bite. I am rating this one on pure flavor and not style conformance. This beer should be imbibed closer to room temperature to get the full flavor range.

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Photo of zebco
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured to a pure amber. I wouldn't really describe mine as light or dark. Just pure. The head fizzed away in about 5 seconds. Didn't put a stopwatch to it but.... maybe I'm guilty with not a vigorous enough pour?? The jurys out. I'm smelling sweet dark fruits. Catching a roasty vibe in there also. Sweet sweet malty flavor. I can taste some alcohol but it seems hidden quite well. Caramel with that sip. Slightly bitter aftertaste. Full bodied. I agree with the BOTM description as "chewy". I would most def purhcase this beer again. Probably not one of the more sought after d-bocks but I found my 3 brews very enjoyable.

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Photo of CHickman
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Came with the Beer of the Month Club.

Pours reddish chestnut brown with a creamy beige head that fades quickly; basically no lacing.

Smells of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark fruits, raisin, bread/grains and caramel.

Tastes of sweet malt, rum, raisins, caramel, fruit like a date or fig, toffee, light roasted malt, very mild spices, a slight hint of citrus hops and some burnt sugar. Overall taste is dark and sweet like syrup, which lends to the style well. The aftertaste is a combo of sweet malt, caramel and toast that finishes on the dry side.

Mouthfeel is crisp with a little chewy-ness to it, and the body is medium to heavy with very light carbonation. This was easy drinking for a bock or dopplebock, and the alcohol was hidden very well.

IMO, Ayinger Celebrator Dopplebock sets the standard, but this was a very good US version that did the job well and is quite enjoyable. Easy to drink, I recommend trying this beer.

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Christian Moerlein Emancipator Doppelbock from Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 165 ratings
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